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In the US, the number of female bank robbers has increased by 25 per cent since 2002, up to 6.2 per cent of all bank heists. (CNN, 20th February 2009) This February, John Allwood of Queensland broke his own world record for smashing watermelons with his head—he smashed 47 in 60 seconds. (Metro, 23rd February 2009) One in eight British workers puts in more than the supposed European maximum of 48 hours a week. (Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2009) In 2008, the average price of a book sold in Britain was £7.49, the lowest since 2001. (LRB, 26th February 2009)…

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